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Syntax Terror – The Media Show  ☆

Email goes horribly astray when the new intern tries to help Weena with her... hamster problem. Lesson learned: You never know whose hands your message will fall into if you spell that address wrong. Even spell check can't save you.

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How do search engines work? – The Media Show 

Tetanus, The Spider Who Spammed Me, has come over to the good side! Erna and Tetanus explain to Weena how pieces of code called "spiders" do the work of finding the web pages you're searching for, to gather the text, images, and other stuff that make up your search engine results. Music: unityspaceboat by …

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What is a hacker? with Emmanuel Goldstein – The Media Show 

When someone says they are a hacker, what do they mean? Are they a criminal? Do they have 31337 c0d!ng sk!11z (and do they have to write like that)? Is someone who runs a script to put graffiti on a website a hacker? Are Anonymous hackers because they can code? Erna asks Emmanuel Goldstein, …

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Content farms and SEO – The Media Show 

Ever feel like search engines keep turning up crummier and crummier results? Pages copied straight from Wikipedia, filled with extra keywords, lousy with links to pages that want to sell you something? Welcome to the world of content farms, where search engine optimization is king. We're pretty sure they're run by sock puppets being …

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Stock Photos! – The Media Show 

Stocking is the new planking... like the Tumblr says. Erna and Weena re-create their favorite stock photos (or their favorite ones to hate). Join us in mocking the way advertisers stereotype people to sell products. Won't you? Music: Force of Spark!! by surasshu

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What is Language Localization? – The Media Show 

#487 in The Media Show's ongoing series about weird media jobs you've never heard of. We bring you these interviews for a few reasons: First, because people who understand what goes into making the media are smarter consumers of media. Second, because many kids who want to go into the media don't know about …

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Viewer Response! Tags and Furries 2.0 – The Media Show 

We respond to your questions! Hot gossip -- Weena's relationship to the furry community. Why we use particular tags for the show. And we talk about a dozen Web 2.0 sites you've never heard of because they don't exist. Yet.

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Lesson Resources – Where Spam Comes From 

SPAM spam SPAM spam SPAM spam SPAM spam LOVELY SPAM, wonderful SPAM...

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Teaching Media Literacy – Introduction 

In the spring of 2010, Gus and co-worker Skye MacLeod from the Gottesman Video Collective set out to a high school in Brooklyn to test out using the Yell and Sell episode as a tool for teaching media literacy and media production. Over the course of five weeks, meeting with the class one day a …

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Lesson Resources – Evil Interfaces 

The idea for this talk came from a presentation Greg Conti gave at The Last HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in 2008. That hourlong talk has more information than this less-than-ten-minute video, so you might check out the whole talk (that's an audio file) online, or, even better, pick up a copy of the …

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Where Spam Comes From – The Media Show 

Erna and Weena find out the hard way where spam email comes from when the Intern posts their email address all over the web.

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Lost Episode – N0M Greenscreen Challenge 

At long last, here is the episode about the National 0rganization for Marriage's "Gathering Storm" ad, which YouTube took down. We discuss this episode, and why it was taken down, in our What's Fair Use? episode. (more…)

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Lesson Resources – Get Outta MySpace 

This episode was inspired by the chilling lecture "Privacy Is Dead, Get Over It" given by private investigator Steve Rambam at The Last HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in 2008. An audio file of Rambam's three-hour lecture is available for free, but we highly recommend buying the DVD of the lecture, as it is …

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Lesson Resources: What’s Fair Use? 

Copyright and fair use are complex and often depend on the details of the situation of use. As a result, Professor Grimmelmann insisted on not getting too specific; he didn't want to give bad legal advice. You can research the issues further with the following resources: ChillingEffects.org's FAQs about DMCA notices YouTube's DMCA takedown policy

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Lesson Resources: Online Predators 

We're not just playing around in this episode: we checked our sources and did the math ourselves to be sure we were correctly representing the Help Delete Online Predators ads and their critics. You can check our sources too: Livescience has a great writeup and review of the reports on online predators which were initially …

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Lesson Resources: Introducing the Intern, Netiquette, What’s In A Flame  ☆

There are some unspoken rules of the Internet which ought to be spoken about more often. Our episodes about netiquette and chain mail try to explain why certain behaviors online which may seem harmless actually make using the Internet a lot more unpleasant for others. You may think chain letters are harmless fun -- who …

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Lesson Resources – Auto-Loading Sounds 

It's true: guidelines for good web design suggest that it's not good to have a sound automatically load along with the rest of your website. It's the reason we've turned off YouTube's "auto-load featured video" option on our YouTube site, and recommend that other users do it as well. Having rich content load automatically when …

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Lesson Resources – Snopes Before You Send 

Just two resources for this video -- snopes.com and factcheck.org. We can't recommend them highly enough! Established in 1995, Snopes is run by Barbara and David Mikkelson, two folklorists and web developers who keep the site focused not only on Internet hoaxes, forwards, and rumors, but also urban legends. Factcheck.org is run by the Annenberg …

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Resources – Pilot Response 

Some resources we post here are more for educators' edification. Sometimes these are pop- or Internet-culture things we expect students may know about, but educators might not; sometimes these are to help guide you on more sensitive subjects which you might be concerned about presenting in the classroom. Obviously, these are resources you might share …

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Lost Episode – What Is A URL?  ☆

Sometimes we make videos which just don't cut it. Most bad scripts get caught at the scriptwriting stage, and we change them until they work, but sometimes we get done shooting an episode and realize it's just not as funny or informative as we thought. This happened with the What Is A URL episode -- …

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